Baiduri Bank welcomes first GAP batch

James Kon

Eleven graduates from local higher education institutions have joined the inaugural Baiduri Bank’s Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP), a holistic learning and development programme aimed at providing graduates with the necessary knowledge, skill and experience to increase their employability.

A welcoming ceremony for the first batch of GAP apprentices was held at Baiduri Bank Headquarters on Wednesday afternoon.

After going through an assessment process, the bank signed up the 11, who will begin their six-month programme with the bank effective April 5. The programme is split into two main parts – a classroom component and job rotations within the bank.

Baiduri Bank Group Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui and Head of Group Human Resources and Administration Division Veronica Chong attended, alongside families of the apprentices.

The classroom learning activities will introduce apprentices to the world of banking, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of financial products and services. They will also attend courses aimed at acquiring soft skills such as effective communication, project management, teamwork and collaboration to enhance their overall work readiness.

They will then undergo on-the-job training at different departments within the bank, designed to offer them first-hand experience of the inner workings of a financial institution. At the same time, they will also be able to contribute to the bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, and join health and wellness activities in Baiduri Bank’s Employee Wellness Initiative. By the end of programme, apprentices may apply for suitable vacancies within Baiduri Bank Group or pursue careers with other organisations in the industry.

Baiduri Bank Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ti Eng Hui; Deputy CEO of Business Development Pengiran Azaleen bin Pengiran Dato Haji Mustapha; Deputy CEO of Compliance and Corporate Governance and Legal Advisory Manuel Bulens and the apprentices in a group photo. PHOTO: JAMES KON

Durrah Nadheerah binti Idris, who graduated with a Master’s degree in Islamic Banking and Finance from Bangor University in 2019, is keen to learn about the financial landscape in Brunei Darussalam, saying, “This programme will allow me to really explore my interest in the banking and financial industry, and hopefully one day contribute to the same industry.”

Meanwhile, Mohammad Afiq Ridhauddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, who graduated from Universiti Teknologi Brunei with a Degree in Information and Technology in 2018, is especially interested in being rotated to the bank’s Group Information and Technology Division.

“I’m most looking forward to being attached to the technology division within the bank, and I hope that this apprenticeship will help me build the foundation and knowledge necessary for me to begin my career in IT.”

In his opening remarks, Ti said, “GAP offers a unique opportunity for our recent graduates to gain valuable working experience and give them a firmer foothold in the job market.

“Through exposing them to a real-world working environment and helping them build transferable soft skills that they can apply in their future careers, we hope that GAP will play a role in creating an adaptable and skilled workforce that’s ready to take on any challenge in the future.”

GAP is a testament to the bank’s commitment to assist recent graduates by helping them develop employable skills and a learning mindset. This is also in support of the first goal of Brunei Vision 2035, reflecting the national aspiration to be widely recognised for having an educated, highly skilled and accomplished workforce.